We have opened the doors of our new shop at Liberty – the iconic department store which has been showcasing the best in design from Britain and around the world since 1875. Find our collection of textiles, tabletop, accessories and lighting plus a selection of our furniture and upholstery on 4 and read on to learn more about the history of this London landmark.

 

 

Arthur Liberty

Arthur Lasenby Liberty opened his bazaar-style emporium on Regent Street in 1875, filling it with an eclectic collection of imported fashion and homeware, ornaments, textiles and art that were designed to appeal to a Victorian society obsessed with the designs of the Far East. He soon expanded his premises to make room for carpets and furniture.

British design

In the 1880s Arthur Liberty worked with Edward William Godwin, founder of the Costume Society, to create clothing that was designed to challenge the Paris fashions. The store was awarded the Royal Warrant and collaborated with British designers such as William Morris and Gabriel Dante Rossetti and the early proponents of the Art Nouveau movement.

Mock Tudor

In 1924, following Arthur Liberty’s death in 1917, Edwin T Hall and his son Edwin S Hall used the timbers of two British ships, HSM Impregnable and HMS Hindustan, to construct Liberty’s famous mock-Tudor store on Great Marlborough Street (the frontage is the same length as the Hindustan). A gold weathervane that is an exact replica of the Mayflower sits above the shop front.

A home from home

The new store was built around three light wells that flood the ground floor with light. Smaller rooms, some with their own fireplaces, were designed to evoke a welcoming, homely atmosphere – chiming perfectly with the ‘home from home’ feel that underpins all our Houses. That’s why this Grade II listed building feels like the ideal space to showcase our interiors collection.

Dean Street Townhouse

Visit our Soho restaurant and rooms just down the road our new shop at Liberty